Simon is head of property litigation and specialises in both commercial and residential property disputes, including leasehold enfranchisement claims. Simon also handles commercial disputes, insolvency related issues and professional negligence claims.

Simon has experience in all levels of court work, including the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal; he also deals with cases in other dispute resolution forums, such as the property tribunals, arbitration and mediation.

Simon often speaks and writes on litigation related subjects, including in the Property Law Journal, the Merger and Acquisitions Journal and Flat Living.

Simon Painter – ‘approachable, knowledgeable and highly practical’ and ‘gives full and careful attention to the detail of the case alongside the overall picture’ Legal 500 UK 2017

‘It’s a pleasure to deal with him. I’ve always been impressed with how he deals with clients. In terms of handling clients, it is a pleasure to see and hear him in action.’ Chambers and Partners UK 2017

‘Simon Painter ‘focuses on what the client wants’ and ‘makes it clear what the possible outcomes are so that expectations are kept to a realistic level.’ Chambers and Partners UK 2016

‘a tough negotiator’ and ‘is cordial but doesn’t waste time and is very businesslike.’ Chambers and Partners UK 2015

‘Simon Painter heads the team and is ‘approachable’, and ‘gives his full and careful attention to the details of the case.’ The Legal 500 2015

Career Highlights

  • Landlord and tenant/proprietary estoppel –  Haq v Island Homes Housing Association Limited (Court of Appeal)
  • Leasehold enfranchisement –  26 Cadogan Square Limited v Cadogan; Cadogan v Pitts and Wang (House of Lords); Carey Morgan & Anor v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate ( Court of Appeal)
  • Original tenant liability – W H Smith v Wyndham Investments Limited (High Court)
  • Contentious rent review –  Sir Richard Sutton’s Settled Estates v Goldcrest Investment Holdings Limited (High Court)
  • Options and rights of pre-emption –  Bircham & Co Nominees (No 2) Limited v Worrell Holdings Limited (Court of Appeal)
  • Business lease renewal cases – WH Smith v Barclays Nominees (George Yard) Limited; Frankel & Nelson v Bninski; MPW Parisienne Restaurants Ltd v Brompton Estates Limited
  • Disrepair – Anstruther v Vidas Properties Limited
  • Rights of Light – Princes Securities Limited v Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (High Court); Surrey Real Estate SA v Harvey (High Court)
  • Restrictive covenants, easements and rights of way – Malone & Others v Bircham & Co Nominees (No.2) Ltd & Anor (High Court)
  • Noise Nuisance/Landlord & Tenant – 31/32 Ennismore Gardens Freehold Limited v Pasricha
  • Adverse possession – Citizens Advice Bureaux v the Peabody Trust & Anor
  • Derivative actions under the Companies Act –  Stimpson and Others v National Landlords Association; Others (High Court)
  • Property sale/contract dispute – Redcard and Others v Williams and Others (Court of Appeal)
  • Joint venture dispute –  GHI Limited v ICTS (UK) Limited (Court of Appeal)
  • Partnership dispute and an account of profits –  Abbott & Barwick v Price (High Court)
  • Injunctions – WH Smith Ltd v Superdrug Stores Ltd

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